Suffolk Coastal (UK Parliament constituency)

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Suffolk Coastal
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Suffolk Coastal in Suffolk.
Outline map
Location of Suffolk within England.
County Suffolk
Electorate 76,932 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Felixstowe
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Therese Coffey (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Sudbury & Woodbridge, and Lowestoft
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East of England

Suffolk Coastal is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Therese Coffey, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

This East Anglian constituency was created in 1983.

This seat was held from its creation until the 2010 election by the Conservative John Gummer who had previously represented the former seat of Eye from 1979. The current MP is the Conservative Therese Coffey.[2]

Prominent members

Lord Deben (as John Gummer) was the Secretary of State for the Environment for four years during the Major ministry and before that was for four years the Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. He is to date the only member for this seat to have achieved the front bench.

Boundaries[edit]

Suffolk Coastal was created from parts of the earlier Sudbury and Woodbridge and Lowestoft constituencies. The main town of the constituency is Felixstowe.

Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies[edit]

Parliament implemented a review of the Boundary Commission in 2007, which recommended minor alterations to the existing constituency for the 2010 election.

The constituency seat has electoral wards

Constituency profile[edit]

The seat includes the seaside and folk music destination of Aldeburgh, also noted for artwork and the work of Benjamin Britten. Felixstowe is a commercial port for imports and exports. Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 2.0% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1983 John Gummer Conservative
2010 Therese Coffey Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Suffolk Coastal[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Therese Coffey 25,475 46.4 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Daisy Cooper 16,347 29.8 +7.7
Labour Adam Leeder 8,812 16.1 -10.1
UKIP Stephen Bush 3,156 5.7 +1.9
Green Rachel Fulcher 1,103 2.0 -1.3
Majority 9,128 16.6 -1.8
Turnout 54,893 71.2 +3.9
Conservative hold Swing -2.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Suffolk Coastal
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Gummer 23,415 44.6 +1.3
Labour David Rowe 13,730 26.1 -8.7
Liberal Democrat David Young 11,637 22.1 +3.9
UKIP Richard Curtis 2,020 3.8 +0.1
Green Paul Whitlow 1,755 3.3 N/A
Majority 9,685 18.4 +9.9
Turnout 52,557 67.9 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing +5.0
General Election 2001: Suffolk Coastal
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Gummer 21,847 43.3 +4.8
Labour Nigel Gardner 17,521 34.8 +2.0
Liberal Democrat Tony Schur 9,192 18.2 -3.2
UKIP Michael Burn 1,847 3.7 N/A
Majority 4,326 8.5 +2.7
Turnout 50,407 65.6 -10.2
Conservative hold Swing +1.4

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Suffolk Coastal
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Gummer 21,696 38.6 −15.0
Labour Mark Campbell 18,442 32.8 +9.0
Liberal Democrat Alexandra Jones 12,036 21.4 −2.4
Referendum Party S Caulfield 3,416 6.1
Green T Slade 514 0.9 −0.6
Natural Law F Kaplan 152 0.3 −0.1
Majority 3,254 5.8 −24.0
Turnout 56,256 75.8 −5.8
Conservative hold Swing −12.0
General Election 1992: Suffolk Coastal[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Gummer 34,680 53.6 −2.1
Liberal Democrat PD Monk 15,395 23.8 −6.0
Labour TE Hodgson 13,508 20.9 +8.1
Green AC Slade 943 1.5 −0.3
Natural Law Ms. FB Kaplan 232 0.4 +0.4
Majority 19,285 29.8 +3.9
Turnout 64,758 81.6 +3.7
Conservative hold Swing +1.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Suffolk Coastal
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Gummer 32,834 55.68
Social Democrat JM Miller 17,554 29.77
Labour SA Reeves 7,534 12.78
Green JW Holloway 1,049 1.78
Majority 15,280 25.91
Turnout 77.92
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Suffolk Coastal
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Gummer 31,240 58.24
Social Democrat D Houseley 15,618 29.12
Labour D Ballantyne 6,780 12.64
Majority 15,622 29.12
Turnout 75.00
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Therese Coffey". United Kingdom Parliament. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/guide/seat-profiles/suffolkcoastal
  6. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 

Coordinates: 52°09′N 1°30′E / 52.15°N 1.50°E / 52.15; 1.50